Deep time

An anthropological problem

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
Richard Irvine University of Cambridge

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As anthropologists attempt to engage with the emergent idea that we are now living in the ‘Anthropocene’ – a geological epoch of our own making – it becomes important to locate the timeframe of human activity within the deep time of planetary history. This paper asks whether anthropology is properly equipped for this challenge. By discussing the encounter with deep time in the earth sciences, I argue that deep time is not an abstract concept, but part of the phenomenal world impacting on people at the level of experience. The anthropological challenge, then, is to find new ways of exploring the interrelationships between human and geological temporalities.

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